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English Vinglish (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 5 October 2012 (India)
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A quiet, sweet tempered housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter every day because of her inability to speak and understand English.

Director:

Gauri Shinde

Writer:

Gauri Shinde
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sridevi ... Shashi Godbole
Adil Hussain ... Satish Godbole
Mehdi Nebbou ... Laurent
Priya Anand ... Radha
Sulabha Deshpande ... Grandma
Michael Patrick Hoban Michael Patrick Hoban ... Immigration Officer
Sujatha Kumar Sujatha Kumar ... Shashi's sister - Manu
Navika Kotia Navika Kotia ... Sapna Godbole
Shivansh Kotia Shivansh Kotia ... Saagar Godbole
Cory Hibbs Cory Hibbs ... David Fischer
Rajeev Ravindranathan ... P Ramamurthy
Maria Romano Maria Romano ... Yu Son
Sumeet Vyas ... Salman Khan
Ruth Aguilar Ruth Aguilar ... Eva
Ross Nathan Ross Nathan ... Kevin
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Storyline

The story of a quiet, sweet tempered housewife who endures small slights from her well educated husband and daughter everyday because of her inability to speak and understand English. She is resourceful and open-minded but somehow these traits don't get noticed by them. Then one day on a trip to visit her sister in Manhattan she decides to enroll in an English Learners class and meets a host of new people who teach her to value herself beyond the narrow perspective of her family. Written by Paroma

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English | French | Tamil | Telugu

Release Date:

5 October 2012 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Aangilam Vaangilam See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$745,414, 7 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,670,773, 21 October 2012
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Trivia

Tamil SuperStar Ajith Kumar did a cameo in Tamil version of this film. That is, doing the exact same part as Amithabh Bacchan did in Hindi. See more »

Goofs

In the movie, the wife is seen using the PATH train system and talks about going to 22nd St. Station. There is no such station in the PATH system or in the New York subway system. The closest would be the PATH 23rd St. Station. See more »

Quotes

Laurent: Your food...
[good]
Laurent: .
Shashi Godbole: No no no. You cooking hotel expert. I'm... in house cooking, very small.
Laurent: No. Not small, not small. Food is... eh... food is art.
Shashi Godbole: [In Hindi] When a man cooks, it's art... When a woman cooks, it's her duty.
Laurent: What did you say?
Shashi Godbole: I'm sorry. Man cooking... art. Lady cooking... daily job, duty!
Laurent: No. No no. Food is... love. You cooking with love, good food. You make people happy. You artiste! Not small not small.
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Connections

References Puncture (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Navrai Maajhi
Written by Amit Trivedi
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan Swanand Kirkire Natalie Di Luccio 'Neelambari Kirkire'
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English Vinglish ∞ The Class for Earning Self Respect ∞
5 October 2012 | by avaclubSee all my reviews

"If we don't love ourselves we use to attract towards new things but as soon as we began to love ourselves we feel confident and old things look prettier again." This is one dialogue from the movie's lead protagonist which teaches how one can come back to his normal life; English Vinglish is a sweet Laddu with almonds of a logical script, cashew nuts of nice music, raisins of love and pistachios of Hope. English Vinglish is not about just English classes, it's just a metaphor or platform to narrate a simple yet very effective story of self determination, self respect and love about family and love about ourselves.

English Vinglish is undoubtedly a movie about the Family, the children & their attitude towards their parents, the husband who does not see his wife skills and potential beyond a born Laddu Maker and yes, it's about a mother who lost her identity as a woman in the society after marriage being a house wife, as her world does not go beyond her family.

Shashi Godbole (Sridevi) is a simple middle class housewife living with her husband Satish (Adil Hussain) along with her daughter Sapna and a son named Sagar in Pune, India. She is an excellent cook searching for her own respect among children and husband due to poor understanding of English language. One day she got the call from her sister to visit New York to attend her daughter's wedding, but she was reluctant to go alone because of her poor English language, thou she finally agreed on her husband's persuasion. In New York, during her visit to a café she felt humiliated due to her understanding of English language which brought a reason for her to fight against the odds and make a place for herself. She left from there and suddenly saw an advertisement for four weeks English speaking classes and that's how she got the way to prove herself by learning a language which is global now and a synonym of 'Being Modern' in Indian societies called English, for Her VINGLISH.

Overall, English Vinglish is a memorable watch for the genuine script, superb performances, nice music and definitely the feel good factor it has. In Last scene, Shashi requests the air hostess a Hindi newspaper in English Language, and that's we called in Sridevi's MJ Style without getting 'Judgemental' –YoOO.

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